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Romeo and Juliet

Synopsis
Radio version of Shakespeare’s tragedy adapted by Cynthia Pughe and produced for broadcasting by Val Gielgud. With June Tobin and Gabriel Woolf in the lead and Marius Goring as Mercutio. The music is drawn from Tchaikovsky’s Fantasia and is specially devised by John Hollingsworth, who also conducts the BBC Concert Orchestra.
Series
World Theatre
Language
English
Country
Great Britain
Medium
Radio
Transmission details
17 Nov 1958 at 20:00 (Channel: BBC Home Service)
Duration
165 (incl. interval)
Availability
Unknown

Credits

Producer
Val Gielgud
Writer
William Shakespeare
Music
John Hollingsworth; Piotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Adaptor for Radio
Cynthia Pughe
Cast
Gabriel WoolfRomeo
June TobinJuliet
Marius GoringMercutio
Noel IliffFriar Laurence
Dorothy Holmes-GoreNurse
Baliol HollowayCapulet
Catherine SalkeldLady Capulet
David MarchPage to Paris
Denis GoacherParis
Frank PartingtonSampson
George MerrittMontague
Godfrey KentonEscalus, Prince of Verona
Hugh ManningBenvolio
Jeffrey SegalPeter
Richard GeorgeApothecary
Roger DelgadoTybalt
Ronald BaddileyAbram
Una VenningLady Montague
Will LeightonGregory

Additional Details

Production type
Television and Radio Drama
Plays
Romeo and Juliet
Subjects
Drama
Keywords
Shakespeare, William (1564-1616)

Notes

General
Rehearsals: 14/11/1958-17/11/1958
History
Broadcast in two parts with a 15-minute interval for the news at 9pm.
Textual information
A written transcript of the production is held at the Birmingham Central Library as part of their Shakespeare Collection.
Reviews
In his foreword to the production, Gielgud explains why he has drawn his cast almost entirely from the BBC Repertory Company ('Romeo and Juliet, Radio Times, 14 November 1958, p. 3).
The Times reviewed the production in ‘Shakespearian experiment’, 18 November 1958, p. 13

Production Company

Name

BBC

Notes
The British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC)

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